Chaplain Phil Anderson

Name: Phil Anderson

Born: Corowa NSW; Dad was a Methodist minister there before going to Samoa as a missionary.

Family: I have been happily married to Sandy for 26 years and we have three sons; Joel, Micah and Daniel.

Occupation: Senior Chaplain Army Headquarters (SCHAP AHQ).

Like job because: I enjoy being an Army Chaplain as it allows me to be a missionary (to another culture) in my own country. I feel strongly called to work with the un-churched and those who struggle with institutionalised religion and spirituality.

Why I live in Canberra: The Army posted me to the Australian Defence Force Academy from Wagga Wagga in 2000 and to AHQ in 2003. I will probably be posted from Canberra for the beginning of next year.

Worship at: Melba

Favourite Hymns: And Can It Be, Guide Me O Thy Great Jehovah, Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread, O Thou Who Camest from Above and too many others to mention.

Favourite Bible verse: Ephesians 2:8-10.

Hobbies: Family, sailing, hockey, reading, surfing, camping, dinner parties with friends and cycling in all its forms: road racing, criteriums, track racing, mountain bike riding/racing, touring and social rides with family and friends.

Favorite sporting team: Davitamon-Lotto. This is the Belgian Team in the Tour de France that has two Australians riding for it, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans. I also like the CSC team with Ivan Basso because they ride Cervelo bikes. (One of my bikes is a Cervelo)

Member of: ACT Veterans Cycling Club, Canberra Libraries, Australian Defence Force (ADF) Cycling Club, ADF Hockey, Canberra off road Cyclists (CORC), Pedal Power.

Dislikes: When people use power, position, influence, gender, money or social position inappropriately for their own ends and/or to jeopardise truth and community.

Favourite TV programs: Documentaries, current affairs and The Bill.

Favourite food: It’s hard to go past a good steak with vegetables; I also like Thai, Chinese and Italian foods.

Memorable moments: Marriage to Sandy, the births of my three sons and my Ordination service were all very memorable and special along with countless privileged ministry situations in both parishes and military ministry.

Heroes: Social reformers like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr, John Wesley, Saint Paul and Jesus.

Relaxation: In front of the television as I watch the news or a current affairs program (sometimes with my eyes closed); otherwise it doesn’t usually happen until annual holidays when camping.